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Job offer - Chief Executive Officer at National Centre for Circus Arts


Job opportunity

The National Centre for Circus Art in London (Uk) is looking for his/her new Chief Executive Officer


The National Centre for Circus Arts has been enabling the creation of excellent and innovative circus for almost thirty years.

Every year we involve thousands of people in the physical challenges and artistic pleasures of Circus Arts. Our diverse range of work includes our BA degree, which is supported by a structured training programme for under-18s and professional development opportunities for aspiring and established performers. Adults and young people can enjoy recreational classes and people of all ages can attend performances. We also run highly regarded workshops, away-days and team building events for the corporate community.

We are engaged in activity that significantly contributes to the cultural life of the UK by: producing exceptional artists who shape the future of the Circus Arts; developing potential and creativity through world-class higher education vocational training; finding and nurturing young artists; supporting the cultural infrastructure; fuelling development in the creative industries; and providing national and international leadership in Circus Arts.

The Role

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is responsible to the Board of Trustees for the overall leadership of the organisation. They are the Accountable Officer for the Higher Education programme and hold overall responsibility for the relationship with the Office for Students and compliance with the terms and conditions of registration as a higher education provider.

They will lead the strategic direction of the organisation which they will develop, implement and monitor in collaboration with the senior management team supported by the Board of Trustees. The CEO will work with the Board of Trustees to ensure accountability and informed decision making for the management and governance of the organisation. They will exercise oversight of all management and financial decisions and will ensure legal compliance.

The CEO will be an outstanding leader ensuring all strands of activity contribute to shared objectives and will promote collaboration throughout the organisation. They will set standards and demonstrate a commitment to diversity, access, education, training and skills development for staff and students alike.

The CEO, alongside members of the senior management team, will be an advocate and ambassador and will lead on raising the profile of the organisation, championing the art form in the wider cultural sector. They will manage relationships with key stakeholders, potential and existing supporters and donors and will be comfortable working at the most senior levels as well as with grass roots organisations and individual artists. Understanding and engagement with international, national, regional and local contexts and policy agendas related to the development of the arts and education will be critical for the post holder.


To apply see the National Centre for Circus Arts’ website.

Applications close Friday 26 April.

We are open to applications from individuals or joint applicants, as we are happy to challenge our existing leadership model to make sure we can move forwards with fresh eyes and ideas.

For an informal chat please contact our Chair, Ali King, on chair@nationalcircus.org.uk